Chautauqua Works announces Ticket-to-Work Program

According to the Social Security Administration (SSA), disability is unpredictable and can happen to anyone at any stage of life. One in four 20-year olds today will become disabled before they reach their retirement age and will need Social Security disability payments for income support. The average yearly amount of Social Security disability benefits for an individual is $13,752 which is just above the national poverty guidelines of $11,490. If you happen to be an individual receiving disability benefits, you may want to change your financial situation.

Many people who are on Social Security disability benefits ask themselves, “Am I ready to work?” Those who choose to return to work, or work for the first time, find that they can make money, gain greater financial independence, meet new people and learn new skills. Many receiving disability payments may want to go to work but are not sure where to start. The good news is that help is available for those who want to work their way to a better future.

Ticket to Work is a free and voluntary program offered by Social Security to help people ages 18 through 64 who receive disability benefits, and are ready to go to work. By participating, you will receive support through your journey to financial independence. As long as you are making progress toward your employment goal, Social Security will not review your case to see if you still have a disability.

You may also continue to access your cash and Medicaid/Medicare health care benefits as you transition to full-time work.

If you are ready to work and need help finding a job contact Lori Fabritius, Disability Resource Coordinator at 487-5127 for an appointment.

Appointments scheduled on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Jamestown; Dunkirk appointments scheduled on Tuesday and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.